Sparsebundle file will not open

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  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

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    Sparsebundle created on a Mavericks system will not open.

    When you click on "get info" it comes up as about 920GB but that is as it gets.

    The file is stored on a Time Capsule.

    Any suggestions on how to access it?
     
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Right-click (or control-click) and choose "Show Package Contents".
     
  3. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok finally got the sparsebundle folder to open but now half the contents seem to be missing.

    For example, "Documents" folder has just one folder in it. There were at least 20 sub folders...WTF?
     
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Is this a sparse bundle of a Time Machine Backup, or something else. Can you post a screen shot?
     
  5. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    of a TM backup John.

    Machine not with me now, so can't post screenshot.
     
  6. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    I am surprised that you would have a folder called "Documents" in the sparse bundle. Time Machine sparse bundles on a Time Capsule look nothing like the drive they are backing up. For instance see the screenshot of my sparse bundle.
     

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  7. MichaelDT macrumors member

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    Time machine tracks individual changes and hard links the rest. It is not a "snapshot" system like windows, at least until we get APFS. Outside of the time machine interface in finder it is extremely difficult to pull up files. It is essentially not a human readable file system. So uh have fun!
     
  8. Weaselboy, Jul 8, 2016
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    Have you ever tried? It does not sound like you have. Here is a screenshot from inside the Backups.backupdb file of my Time Machine backup. Just click whatever date you want it from there is is exactly like looking at the drive in Finder. You can navigate through the folders exactly like you would on your regular internal drive and drag and drop files over to the Desktop or wherever you want. Very simple.

    All the hard links do is prevent the backup system from having to keep multiple copies of the same file.
     

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  9. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    @komatsu: By the way, why are you trying to open the sparse bundle manually anyway, rather than trying to recover data through the Time Machine "Star Wars" interface?
     
  10. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    @JohnDS, I never tried via Time Machine because I'm assuming if the backups are not opening up properly when
    trying to view them natively, they are not going to up properly with TM? OR, is that a wrong assumption?
     
  11. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Try opening them using the Time Machine "Star Wars" interface.
     
  12. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Apple Menu> System Preferences > Time Machine > Select Backup Disk?
     
  13. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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  14. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    John,

    That worked! Fantastic.

    Thanks so much - really appreciate that.
     

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